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Silence and Mortality

Silence and Mortality

No more words! A funny thing for a writer to demand. Not for an artist or a composer, necessarily. But it’s a strange call coming from an author, who obviously depends on words for his/her brick and mortar. Silence. The fear of. The desire for. The demand, the scream, the crying out loud. Stop!!!     “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”     – Ludwig Wittgenstein     “The silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.”     – Blaise…

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The Ojibwe Language: Poetry Built In.

The Ojibwe Language: Poetry Built In.

Caught part of a very interesting radio interview today on NPR’s Fresh Air. Two brothers, David and Anton Treuer, fighting to protect and preserve the Ojibwe language. It was clear from their discussion that this Native American tongue is rich in metaphoric, poetic and symbolic resources. The multiplicity of words for key actions exist along side of the knowledge of the roots of those words. The brothers talk about the path we can follow back to the roots without needing…

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